The gift will help establish the Pearson Center for Applied Psychometric Research at UT-Austin and provide research support for innovative approaches to assessment, including online assessment, automated scoring technology, and student performance-based assessment. In addition, the center will continue to expand research and application of techniques used for equitable and fair assessment as well as assessments in the least restrictive environments.
Focused on technology-based applications and systems, the endowment will work to further educational achievement, increase accessibility, and create opportunities to better measure college and career readiness for early career psychometricians while also serving to diversify the field.
"This partnership with the Pearson Foundation significantly enhances what we are already doing in the use of technology in education and assessment," said Dr. Manuel J. Justiz, dean of the college of education at UT-Austin. "Through the center, faculty and students will conduct cutting-edge research in new assessment procedures which have implications for educational practices. We deeply respect the foundation's work in the area of educational assessment and feel so honored that they have elected to collaborate with us and avail themselves of resources in our Department of Educational Psychology. This is an extremely exciting step for us."